The filmmakers known as the Wachowski brothers have now both transitioned into the Wachowski sisters. The siblings are known for their work directing the Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and the current Netflix show, Sense8.
Lilly Wachowski, formerly Andrew, came out yesterday in the Windy Times after being forced out when some unscrupulous media sources said they would publish the story of her transition with or without her consent. Lilly’s older sister had already transitioned from a man to a woman four year ago and became Lana Wachowski.
She wrote: “Being transgender is not easy. We live in a majority-enforced gender binary world. This means when you’re transgender you have to face the hard reality of living the rest of your life in a world that is openly hostile to you.”
She does consider herself very fortunate though. “I am one of the lucky ones. Having the support of my family and the means to afford doctors and therapists has given me the chance to actually survive this process. Transgender people without support, means and privilege do not have this luxury. And many do not survive. In 2015, the transgender murder rate hit an all-time high in this country.”
She continues by protesting the trans bathroom laws that are being debated across the country.
“And though we have come a long way since Silence of the Lambs, we continue to be demonized and vilified in the media where attack ads portray us as potential predators to keep us from even using the goddamn bathroom. The so-called bathroom bills that are popping up all over this country do not keep children safe, they force trans people into using bathrooms where they can be beaten and or murdered. We are not predators, we are prey.”
She adds that even though the public wasn’t aware of her transition, her inner circle has been supporting her all along.
“I’m out to my friends and family. Most people at work know too. Everyone is cool with it. Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they’ve done it before, but also because they’re fantastic people. Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today.”
Welcome to the world, Lilly. We look forward to getting to know you!